OnePlus 5 Camera Specifications Revealed, Press Render Leaks Ahead of Today’s Launch

After many leaks and teasers, the OnePlus 5 is set to go official on Tuesday. Hours before the launch, the leaks continue to flow, and we now have a full-fledged press render leak showing us the back and front of the OnePlus 5, revealing key design details. Furthermore, a video released by The Verge talks about the thought process gone in making the smartphone, and even confirms its camera specifications.

OnePlus 5 Camera Specifications Revealed, Press Render Leaks Ahead of Today's Launch

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The OnePlus 5 camera is at the centre of The Verge’s video on the smartphone, which includes executives talking about thought process gone into making the handset. The video starts with glimpses of the OnePlus factory in Shenzhen and how things work there. While competitors like Apple and Samsung are moving towards a bezel-less display, OnePlus says that it still lacks the resources to do that. Hence, it focuses on building a camera that competes with the best in the market.

While procuring the hardware for a dual camera setup was difficult, OnePlus managed to do so with the help of its sister company Oppo. The video confirms that the OnePlus 5 sports two rear sensors at the back – one main 16-megapixel Sony sensor with f/1.7 aperture and another 20-megapixel Sony telephoto lens with f/2.6 aperture. In the video, OnePlus claims that this is “the highest resolution dual-camera system on a smartphone today.” The company also notes that there is a portrait mode, and that 80 percent of the camera’s success is because of the work put into its software, and that this will be the differentiating factor for the smartphone.

Now coming to the press render leak, noted tipster Evan Blass has shared this latest image of the OnePlus 5. It is seen sporting a dual camera setup at the back with the OnePlus logo sitting in the centre. The antenna bands placement and the overall form appears to be heavily inspired by the iPhone 7 Plus design aesthetic. In the front, there is a Home Button seen at the bottom of the display, and this is where the fingerprint scanner will presumably be placed. There’s no bezel on the left and right edge of the smartphone, but the top chin is visible with the front camera and earpiece. The power key sits on the right edge of the smartphone while the volume and switch keys sit on the left edge.

OnePlus 5 launch event, specifications

The OnePlus 5 launch event will begin at 12pm EDT (9:30pm IST) on Tuesday. You can watch the live stream on the company’s US site. In India, the smartphone will launch at an event in Mumbai on June 22, and the smartphone looks set to be made available on the same day exclusively on Amazon India.

As for leaked specifications, the OnePlus 5 is expected to sport a 5.5-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) display – though a QHD display has also been rumoured in the past – with a range of DCI-P3 colours to ensure colour accuracy. 6GB and 8GB of RAM variants are expected, with their corresponding 64GB and 128GB inbuilt storage options.

At front, the smartphone has been tipped to come with a 16-megapixel sensor. OnePlus 5 has been tipped to house a 3300mAh battery and come with NFC and Bluetooth 5.0 support as well. In a series of tweets, the global Twitter handle of OnePlus has teased few more features like “always connected”, which could be a hint at dual-SIM support on the OnePlus 5. In another tweet, the company teased improved Dash Charge capabilities of the OnePlus 5. It wrote, “charging ahead.”


Netgear Arlo Pro Wireless Weatherproof Security Camera Launched in India

Netgear has launched the Netgear Arlo Pro smart camera for home security in India. Netgear calls the Arlo Pro a “wire-free, weatherproof HD camera” and claims that it has a wide 130-degree field of view. The Arlo Pro uses two rechargeable batteries and that means you can place it inside or outside your home. There’s no need to connect the camera to a power socket but in case you want to do that, the option is available. The Arlo Pro system launched in India is model VMS4230, which comes with two security cameras (with rechargeable batteries) and one base station, and it has been priced at Rs. 44,900.

An interesting feature of the Netgear Arlo Pro is two-way audio. This means that you can use this camera to talk to people standing near it, which could prompt some people to use this as a video doorbell. You can even monitor children from a different room such as the kitchen and keep talking to them while you cook.

Netgear Arlo Pro Wireless Weatherproof Security Camera Launched in India

Netgear says the Arlo Pro has instant motion alerts and a smart siren, which are targeted at alerting you about intruders. The siren is rated at over 100 decibels and could be an important deterrent for potential intruders. The camera also has night vision so it is useful both during the day and night. The camera is capable of providing HD video in complete darkness, thanks to its RGB-IR night vision technology. Netgear claims this tech illuminates the scene evenly and provides crisp details about things happening both near and far from the camera. Its passive motion sensor can detect movement up to 7 metres away from the camera and send an alert to your phone.

The companion app for Netgear Arlo Pro also has some new features. It now lets you arm or disarm the camera based on your location or schedule. The app is also available on Apple TV, which can be used to view camera feeds on the big screen. Netgear says Arlo can be connected to other smart home devices through services such as IFTTT and Samsung SmartThings.

Netgear claims that the Arlo Pro will get smart motion recognition technology later this year, which will use machine learning algorithms to identify people, cars, animals, among other things. This will allow the camera to send alerts for specific objects, species, or people, Netgear says.

Arlo’s free cloud storage allows you to record and store videos for seven days for free. You can connect up to five Arlo cameras to the cloud without paying any subscription fees. Additional storage can be purchased with a fee.

Netgear had earlier announced that the Arlo Pro (VMS4230) would cost Rs. 36,500. This report has been edited to reflect the revised price of the Arlo Pro.


Nikon Coolpix W300 Rugged Compact Camera With 4K Video Recording Launched in India

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Nikon India has launched the Coolpix W300 rugged compact camera which is weatherproof and can survive drops from up to 2.4 meters. The camera will go on sale from June onwards, which is when we should get the final price and exact availability details. In the US, it’s priced at $395 (roughly Rs. 25,500). The camera boasts of being waterproof from up to a depth of 30 meters and can withstand extreme cold temperatures up to -10 degrees Celsius. It will be available in four colour options.

The Nikon Coolpix W300 features a 16-megapixel, 1/2.3-inch sensor with 5x optical zoom. The aperture ranges from f/2.8 at the wide end to f/4.9 at the telephoto end. The camera uses a contrast detection autofocus system with an ISO sensitivity range of 125-1600 (expandable to 6400), about 7 frames per second burst shooting, and various shooting modes. Despite its compact and rugged nature, the W300 also supports up to 4K video recording at 30fps and full-HD recording at 60fps. There’s a 3-inch LCD screen around the back with a 921K-dot resolution. The camera also supports Nikon’s SnapBridge photo sharing feature via Bluetooth and you even get Wi-Fi and GPS built-in.


“With an ever-growing interest in adventure sports and activities, Coolpix W300 is the perfect camera for all photography expeditions & family holidays.” said Kazuo Ninomiya, Managing Director, Nikon India. “The camera is waterproof and has been designed with a rugged body to withstand extreme temperatures to enable all enthusiasts to continue exploring their passion without any hurdles,” he added.

Nikon also announced three new lenses for the Indian market. The first is the AF-P DX NIKKOR 10-20mm f/4.5-5.6G VR lens, designed for shooting landscapes. This ultra-wide-angle lens features a stepping motor for smoother focus and built-in vibration reduction for DX format cameras. The AF-S Fisheye NIKKOR 8-15mm f/3.5-4.5E ED is the first Nikkor fisheye zoom lens with a minimum focus distance of 0.16 meters. The lens adopts two aspherical lens elements to effectively reduce sagittal coma flare thereby enhancing the reproduction of point light sources located at the peripheries, even with the lens’ aperture set to the maximum. Finally, we have the AF-S NIKKOR 28mm f/1.4E ED which is designed portraits and landscapes. The lens also has a fluorine coating to repel dust, water, and dirt.

Nest Cam IQ Launched, a Smart 4K Monitoring Camera With Motion Detection

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Nest is an Alphabet-owned company that has been under the radar for a long while now. The company, which was founded by Tony Fadell and Matt Rogers, is remembered for its thermostat that synchs to the Internet and learns from user habits. After years of dormancy and Fadell’s departure in 2016, Nest has once again risen with a new intelligent indoor monitoring camera called the Nest Cam IQ.

The circular shape of the camera looks quite similar to the thermostat, but it is an entirely different product which is priced at $299 (roughly Rs. 19,200). The Nest Cam IQ comes with a 4K video sensor for capturing videos. But the camera doesn’t always use the higher resolution. Instead, it normally shoots 1080p footage, and keeps the 4K capabilities for important matters like detecting when something is wrong at home, or when an intruder breaks in.

The intelligent Nest Cam IQ will send an alert if it notices anything funny in its visual range. There a few neat ways in which it does this. It uses Google’s deep learning technology to detect movement in field of view and send alert with a zoomed in capture of the person in the view. There’s also what the company calls Nest Aware that is able to recognise faces, and pick up audio sounds for alarm due to the camera’s powerful hexa-core processor, but they will only be available if you subscribe to the Nest Aware service at $10 per month or $100 annually.

Over at the back of the camera, there’s a notable speaker grille that can loudly alert and scare off intruders, and can act as a microphone with noise cancellation for a clearer sound. The camera also comes with a night vision mode thanks to its two infrared LEDs which are almost invisible to the human eye. There’s a multicolor LED on the outer rim that lets you know when the Nest Cam IQ’s camera is active.

The Nest Cam IQ is currently available for pre-order in the US with France, the Netherlands, Belgium, and Ireland to follow soon. Germany, Austria, Italy, and Spain will also get to pre-order the camera on June 13, and the first batch of Cam IQs will be shipped by the end of the month.

Microsoft Pix Camera Update for iPhone and iPad Adds Prisma-Like Filters

It wasn’t too long ago when Prisma, an app that turned any mundane photo into a work of art, was the talk of the town. Now, Microsoft is looking to get into the artistic frame of mind with the latest update to Pix Camera, its AI-powered photo editing app. The new update for iPhone and iPad now offers filters that will turn your photos into digital art.

Microsoft says that the new update will “give snapshots stylistic flair reminiscent of masterpiece paintings and artsy photos hanging in the famed galleries of Amsterdam, Paris, and New York.” The company says it has introduced these features in collaboration with Microsoft’s Asia research lab, and Skype as part of an overhaul designed for iOS.

Microsoft Pix Camera Update for iPhone and iPad Adds Prisma-Like Filters

The update introduces a new feature, called Pix Styles, which is similar to Prisma in that it transforms your images into pictures inspired by popular artistic styles, or adds effects such as making the photo look like its on fire. Microsoft explains that this feature doesn’t in fact add filters, but rather transfers textures, pattern, and tones to the photo. Pix Styles is being introduced with 11 styles including Glass, Petals, Bacau, Charcoal, Heart, Fire, Honolulu, Zing, Pop, Glitter, and Ripples, and the company says more will be added in the coming weeks.

Next up is Pix Paintings, which creates a time-lapse of your picture being painted in real time in the style selected. This turns your picture into a GIF-like short clip that can be shared or saved.

“These are meant to be fun features,” says Microsoft’s Josh Weisberg. “In the past, a lot of our efforts were focused on using AI and deep learning to capture better moments and better image quality. This is more about fun. I want to do something cool and artistic with my photos.”

Notably, these new features like Pix Style will not use up your iPhone or iPad’s data plan as it does not need access the cloud to run its calculations, and will work directly on your device. Microsoft says this is part of a broader shift to push AI from cloud to devices at the “edge” of the network. This will help save up on data cost and will reduce wait times as well.

The Redmond-giant understands that features like these are popular among Instagrammers and other social media users, and the Microsoft Pix team plans to feature styled pictures regularly with the hashtag #PixStyling on Pix’s Instagram page.

The update for Microsoft Pix Camera can be downloaded from the App Store.


Israel’s TowerJazz to Produce Sensors for Intel’s 3D Cameras


TowerJazz has won a contract from Intel Corp to produce infrared sensors for Intel’s 3D cameras, the Israeli chip manufacturer said on Tuesday.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but a market source who asked not to be named estimates that the agreement could be worth hundreds of millions of dollars within four years.

The 3D cameras installed on laptops recognise gestures, enabling users to control their computers with hand and head movements.

The technology was developed by Intel’s Israeli subsidiary close to TowerJazz’s manufacturing plant in northern Israel.

Avi Strum, general manager of TowerJazz’s CMOS image sensor business, said the technology has numerous potential uses, such as the ability for the likes of cooks or car mechanics to operate a computer with gestures rather than having to touch it with dirty hands.

The camera can also capture images of an object and quickly create a model for use in 3D printing.

“Intel sensing solutions will bring consumers new experiences and will change the way people capture and share 3D images,” Strum said.

“That Intel chose us for mass production of such sensors is very positive.”

While gesture control is most common in laptops or gaming systems, it is expected to become more widely used in mobile devices such as smartphones.

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